Jennifer Rippke's Cancer Fight

In fall of 2013, Jennifer went to the doctor for nausea, upper stomach pain, acid reflux, and other symptoms. She was referred to a Gastroenterologist to have an endoscopic procedure done. It was then where they discovered several spots on her liver. She underwent multiple tests including biopsies, CT scans, PET scans, and Octreotide scans. On June 6th, she was diagnosed with Neuroendocrine Carcinoma (NET).  Carcinoid tumors are a rare, slow-growing type of cancer that is most commonly found in the gastrointestinal tract (intestine, pancreas, lung, liver, appendix, and bile ducts). After being diagnosed, Jennifer was in and out of the hospital for several weeks.  She was referred to the OSU James Cancer Center in Columbus, Ohio.

She has already endeavored three rounds of Transarterial Chemoembolization (TACE). The treatments have taken a heavy toll on her body, but we all know she is strong enough to pull through it. Jennifer and her husband, Brent Rippke, have recently seen a Specialist at LSU Health Sciences Center/Ochsner in Kenner, Louisiana to explore options and treatment. 

Jennifer Rippke is a wife, mother, grandma, friend, daughter, sister, etc. that is loved by all. She’s a compassionate, caring, courageous person.  She’s always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need. She’s truly an inspiration to everyone around her.

The medical bills and travel expenses continue to grow as Jennifer undergoes her treatments. 100% of the funds will go directly to Jennifer to her established benefit account. We appreciate all of the love, support, prayers and donations! 

More Information on Neuroendocrine Carcinoma and why it is associated with Zebras
If you heard hoofbeats, what animal would you think of? A horse, right? It’s the most obvious answer. Unfortunately in the medical world not all diagnoses are horses, or the most likely possibility, and sometimes physicians need to look for the zebra, or the less likely scenario, when making a diagnosis. In the cancer world, neuroendocrine tumors are the zebras. Represented by this analogy because of their rarity, neuroendocrine tumors make up just 2% of nationally treated cancers.

For more information on NET, visit: Understanding the Zebras of the Cancer World
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